St. Petersburg, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2016) – UB40 featuring Ali Campbell with Astro & Mickey Virtue, the legendary reggae/pop ensemble that blazed a multicultural musical path with such global hits as “Red Red Wine” and “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You,” returns to The Mahaffey Sunday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.
UB40 have forged their signature high-energy, funky performances with an 11-piece touring ensemble, complete with a three-piece horn section. Since reuniting two years ago, UB40 founding members Ali Campbell (lead vocals), percussionist/trumpeter/vocalist Astro and keyboard wizard Mickey Virtue have become a formidable touring outfit. The band showcases enduring hits from their canon of songs, like “Kingston Town,” “Food for Thought” and others
Known for their exuberant stage show, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey will tantalize fans by performing all the hits that catapulted them to the forefront of the ubiquitous musical landscape including “Red, Red Wine,” “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love,” “Kingston Town,” “One In Ten” and “Food For Thought.”
Formed in 1979, UB40 helped define reggae music for a generation, transforming their working class roots into a global clarion call. The pioneering reggae troupe topped the UK singles chart on three occasions, earned multiple Grammy nominations and sold 70 million records worldwide as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe.
Jo Mersa Marley will be the band’s special guest.
Tickets, $49.50, $59.50 and $69.50, go on sale to the public Friday, Feb. 19 at noon. Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts members can buy tickets beginning Wednesday, Feb. 17 at noon. Tickets will be available online at themahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
The Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.
Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
Founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2009, the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to the success and future of The Mahaffey Theater and to the notion that through diverse programing and patron membership support, performing arts should be enjoyed by all of St. Petersburg’s citizens. It’s your theater!
The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.